As an unusual candidate, pest control firm Rentokil are making huge technological strides using APIs to drive the creation of applications for use in all areas of the business.
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Hewlett-Packard is looking to make its application testing tools more accessible than ever via implementations that are hosted in the cloud. Developers can access these tools via RESTful APIs. Kelly Emo, director of product marketing for HP Software, says that by making HP LoadRunner 12 and HP Performance Center 12 available as a cloud service, HP is making a concerted effort to introduce a broader spectrum of organizations to its application testing tools.
Informatica is looking to make the lives of developers simpler on two fundamental planes of existence. The first is allowing developers to leverage Informatica APIs to create their own connectors. The second involves making it easier to collaborate with business users in terms of figuring out what data sources actually need to be integrated.
Writing API documentation for software being created with an agile process can be especially challenging because what is being documented is constantly being changed. Project managers and developer leads must assign resources to writers up front, and writers should speak up as soon as issues arise because documentation challenges can snowball much faster in an agile environment.
One of the primary reasons that organizations embrace agile development methodologies is on the assumption that faster application development will result in more applications being developed faster. The challenge is actually managing that process in a world where the number of languages and data sources being used is rapidly expanding.
RingPlus, mobile virtual network operator, has announced one of the industry's first public cellular APIs: the RingPlus API. The API offers a carrier-grade wireless platform to the public. With the API, businesses and developers can completely control mobile phone service, and gain access to world-class mobile networks.
The new Leanpub API helps authors publish their own work in ebook format and provides instant access to sales data. Leanpub is an online marketplace that enables writer’s to sell their ebooks in a variety of formats. Writers receive a 90% royalty (minus 50 cents) off each sale and are not prohibited from simulataneously selling their book on other marketplaces like Amazon. Unique to LeanPub, writers – particularly for computer programming books – are encouraged to publish works-in-progress and pivot their text based on reader feedback until they create a viable book product. To do this, Leanpub provides an editing language and self-publishing workflow that allows writers to submit their work and convert the material into several formats including PDF, EPUB and Kindle. The Leanpub API allows authors to manage their workflow direct from their preferred editor.
Chaos usually reigns within most application development organizations; a situation that in many ways has been made all that much worse by the simultaneous rise of agile development methodologies and mobile computing.
One of the challenges with building an application these days is the number of dependencies that application will actually have on other applications. Ideally in order to know how that application will actually perform application developers would be able to test their application against the application it depends on running in production. The odds of that happening, however, are slim to none, especially if that other application is running as a cloud service that has to be always available to end users.